Reviews

Arrayan Path – Thus Always to Tyrants (Pitch Black Records)

Actively following this Cyprus epic power metal act since their second album Terra Incognita in 2010, Arrayan Path arrives at the ninth studio record for Thus Always to Tyrants. A ‘true’ conceptual Read more […]

Termination Force – Netherworld (Self-Released)

A UK quartet featuring musicians in other acts like Toledo Steel and Desolator, Termination Force arrived on the scene last year – releasing a two-song demo at the beginning of 2022 to set the stage Read more […]

Arche – Transitions (Transcending Obscurity Records)

When it comes to subsets of doom metal, there’s probably nothing more emotionally touching (or crushing) than atmospheric, funeral-oriented doom. The contrasts between darkness searching for light, or Read more […]

An Abstract Illusion – Woe (Willowtip Records)

When one has consumed a lot of music in their lifetime, it can get more and more difficult to find something that is truly revolutionary. A piece of music that energizes, inspires, and just plain drops Read more […]

Sea of Snakes – The Serpent & the Lamb (Wet Records)

Already aware of this California stoner/alternative metal act through last year’s fine World on Fire EP release through Metal Assault Records, anticipation is on high for Sea of Snakes in the follow-up Read more […]

Hammers of Misfortune – Overtaker (Self-Released)

Eclectic in approach and outlook, Hammers of Misfortune have established a precedence through their long-running history in pulling influences from decades of rock and metal to develop a unique take on Read more […]

Suborbital – Planetary Disruption (War Anthem Records)

The resurgence of death metal in a current generation of musicians keeps the genre alive and kicking. Latest act under the microscope in this regard is German quartet SubOrbital, developing an intense Read more […]

Green King – Hidden Beyond Time (The Sign Records)

Sometimes styles shift naturally as band chemistry grows. Finnish act Green King for example started as a side project to play stoner heavy rock – eventually drawing more of a traditional heavy metal Read more […]

Highlord – Freakin’ Out of Hell (Rockshots Records)

An Italian power metal act with a long history, this scribe’s affinity for Highlord started in 2004 with their fourth album Medusa’s Coil. Since that time, they’ve shuffled through a few record deals Read more […]

Krilloan – Emperor Rising (Scarlet Records)

What’s the best way to make an indelible impression as a newer act playing power/heavy metal? Well, it’s surrounding yourself with stellar players, knowing the conventional elements that appeal to Read more […]

Autumn’s Grief – Dead by the Dawn (Inverse Records)

Finnish act Autumn’s Grief have quickly established credibility as a trio together since arriving on the scene in 2021 – releasing this second album Dead by the Dawn while signing with Inverse Records. Read more […]

Serenity – Memoria (Napalm Records)

Capturing a special performance of material in a conceptual show reinterpreted, Memoria is a live BluRay, DVD, and double CD release from the veteran Austrian symphonic power/progressive metal act Serenity. Read more […]

Legendarium – Death’s Hand In Yours (Self-Released)

An international duo consisting of musicians from the Netherlands and Italy, Legendarium started in 2017 as the brainchild of Laurence Kerbov. Seeking out a drummer in Stefano Vaccari, Laurence tackles Read more […]

Gomorra – Dealer of Souls (Noble Demon)

Establishing themselves under this recently modified Gomorra moniker for their 2020 Divine Judgement album, this Swiss group’s history reaches back to the mid-90’s as The Gonorrheas. Confident in the Read more […]

(Echo) – Witnesses (Black Lion Records)

Diverse coverage has been a staple of this site since its inception – tastes for the scribes running across numerous genres underground and above. Hailing from Italy, (Echo) perform in an atmospheric Read more […]

Lyzzärd – The Abyss (Fighter Records)

Formed out of a literal brotherhood between singer Tiago Quelhas and guitarist Ricardo Azevedo in 2013, Lyzzärd is a Portuguese heavy metal act that have released an EP and debut album Savage over their Read more […]

Headfist – This New World… (Self-Released)

Sometimes challenges occur in finding passionate, committed musicians to cohesively agree to a style, cause, plus the hard work ethic it takes to get a band off the ground. Chile thrash metal act Headfist Read more […]

Call of Charon – The Sound of Sorrow (Massacre Records)

While other acts may have delayed their next release, German modern death metal act Call of Charon felt the need to follow-up 2019’s Plaguebearer debut album with a quick five-song EP assault in The Read more […]

Imha Tarikat – Hearts Unchained – At War with a Passionless World (Lupus Lounge)

Imha Tarikat’s second foray, 2020’s Sternenberster, was a Gatling gun of vocal exhortations. Founder, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ruhsuz Cellât (real name: Kerem Yilmaz) peppered, sprayed, Read more […]

Threshold – Dividing Lines (Nuclear Blast)

One of the most underrated bands in progressive metal to these ears remains UK’s Threshold. Active since the late 80’s, their discography contains a wide array of melodic material featuring solid songwriting/musicianship Read more […]

Enemy Eyes – History’s Hand (Frontiers Music)

The 100th official release associated with vocalist Johnny Gioeli, his work is well known in the rock/metal circles. Be it Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell, Crush 40, or his own solo ventures, globally people Read more […]

Steelwings – Still Rising (Pure Steel Records)

Part of the first wave of Swedish heavy metal during the early 80’s, Steelwings released four demos and a single before arriving at their self-titled debut album in 1989. Then a prolonged hiatus ensued, Read more […]

Leather – We Are the Chosen (Steamhammer/SPV)

Arriving at the third studio album as Leather, vocalist Leather Leone dug down deep for We Are the Chosen to hold nothing back in hopes of captivating the legions who love her powerhouse pipes over the Read more […]

Mantric Momentum – Trial by Fire (Frontiers Music)

Originally developing as a singles-oriented outfit full of guest musicians to support guitarist Christer Harøy’s songwriting with Jacob Hansen, Mantric Momentum soon shifted into a full-album deal for Read more […]

Detraktor – Full Body Stomp (Massacre Records)

Beyond advancing up the label ranks from Violent Creek with their debut album Grinder to Massacre Records for Full Body Stomp, German thrash group Detraktor also had a bit of a shuffle in instrumentation/players Read more […]

Freternia – The Final Stand (Rock of Angels Records)

First awareness for Swedish power metal act Freternia to this scribe came back in 2002, when their second album A Nightmare Story came out on Spanish label Arise Records. Seemingly falling off the radar, Read more […]

Doomsday – Depictions of Chaos (Creator-Destructor Records)

Developing a love of crossover thrash from the Bay Area, Doomsday formed in 2018 to include members from various hardcore / metal outfits – pumping out a steady set of material in the form of an EP, Read more […]

Soul Grinder – Anthems from the Abyss (MDD Records)

When aiming to establish reliability or consistency in the metal realm, it helps to have a healthy, creative impulse to grind out the material, release it, plus perform on any live stage that will potentially Read more […]

Scattered Storm – In This Dying Sun (Blood Blast Distribution)

Fresh off their debut EP release Oblivion from last year, Scattered Storm of El Paso, Texas returns for their second EP In This Dying Sun. Together for three years, they’ve added bassist Brian Fausnaugh Read more […]

Nicklas Sonne – Resonance (Prime Collective)

Already establishing himself within the progressive metal world through his work in Defecto, guitarist/vocalist Nicklas Sonne has assembled songs that didn’t necessarily fit that mold to issue his first Read more […]